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Miss Piggy balloon in the 2007 parade.

The 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade held every Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1920. It is currently sponsored by and aired on ABC's affiliated Pennsylvanian television station, WPVI-TV.

The oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country, it was originally known as the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade until the department store's closure in 1987. Since then the parade has been sponsored by WPVI (channel 6 for the Philadelphia area) and an additional sponsor which has included Dunkin' Donuts, IKEA and Boscov's.

The parade features balloons from Fabulous Inflatables parade balloons as well as walk-around characters from Sesame Place.

Appearances

6abc Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade era:

6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade era:

  • 2008: Elmo balloon introduced, Big Bird balloon, Bear with Tutter, Kermit the Frog balloon
  • 2008: Walk-around character cast of Sesame Street
  • 2009: Super Grover balloon introduced, Bear with Tutter balloon, Kermit balloon, Elmo balloon
  • 2010: Elmo balloon, Big Bird balloon; walk-around characters from Sesame Place (Abby, Elmo, Zoe, Prairie Dawn, Ernie, Grover, Bert, Cookie Monster, The Count, Telly)

6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade era:

  • 2011: Kermit the Frog balloon, Red Fraggle balloon, Apollo from Pajanimals balloon, Buddy from Dinosaur Train balloon; walk-around characters from Sesame Place (Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster)

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